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Heritage and Hi-Tech
April 30, 2010   
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Sosnowiec is a city with a short but rich history. Founded in the 19th century, Sosnowiec gained municipal rights in 1902 and became one of the most significant urban centers in Poland. Over several decades of development in Sosnowiec, successive generations added to the legacy and attainments of their predecessors. However, the 1990s saw a diametrical change in the city’s economic and social structure. Once a center of heavy industry, Sosnowiec transformed into a hi-tech city proud of its higher education institutions. Four mines and over 50 other industrial plants closed within the short span of four years.

Today Sosnowiec has not only overcome serious economic problems, but has also succeeded in attracting over 100 investors from all over the world to the area, where previously there were none. Since 2008 the city’s centerpiece is the Expo Silesia trade fair and exhibition center. In its first year, over 100,000 people from various countries took advantage of the wide-ranging services offered by Kolporter Expo, which operates the center.

The quality of the air in the city has also changed. There has been an improvement in river water quality and green areas. Green is the dominant color of the city. Over 20,000 students attend several schools of higher education in this academic city such as the University of Silesia, the Medical University of Silesia, and the Humanitas University. The city is preparing new investment plans for them involving modern municipal engineering: water and sewage management, municipal waste management and a network of roads. More importantly, city planners are providing the utilities needed by new business sectors. Companies are encouraged to invest in a new “Business Gateway of Silesia” project, the centerpiece of which is the Science and Technology Park. Sosnowiec has obtained EU funds for this purpose.

Effective city planning also involves recreation and leisure, culture and sports facilities. As well as green areas including historic parks, Sosnowiec has beautiful palaces built by 19th century industrialists and modern recreational and sports buildings. Come to Sosnowiec, the modern capital of Zagłębie D±browskie.


The site is located in the central part of Sosnowiec, near Zaruskiego, Blachnickiego and 3-go Maja streets. The city center and the railway station are just 3 kilometers away.

The sports facility has an illuminated artificial ski slope, which is part of the all-year ¦rodula Sports and Recreation Center. The longest ski run is about 500 meters long and can be used by both skiers and snowboarders. Two additional slopes, each 150 meters long, are suitable for beginner skiers and for children on sledges.

The center has three T-bar lifts, ski equipment rental, ski and snowboard schools and a snowpark. It also has an igloo-shaped café. The slope can be used in the summer to hold various sports events involving bikes or motocross.
TOTAL AREA: 22.9 hectares
OWNED BY: Sosnowiec municipality
FORM OF TRANSFER: Lease; Public-Private Partnership (PPP)
PRICE: Not estimated yet
PLANNING SCHEME: Designated for use as the all-year ¦rodula Sports and Recreation Center.
PRESENT DEVELOPMENT: Access to basic utilities: water, sewerage, gas, power grid
PRESENT STATE: Undeveloped plot—green areas

The City Hall in Sosnowiec Development and European Funding Department • Al. Zwycięstwa 20, 41-200 Sosnowiec
tel. +48 32 296-04-10 • fax:+48 32 296-06-05 • e-mail: wrf.rozwoj@um.sosnowiec.pl, www.sosnowiec.pl
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